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2019 Post-Grad Residents

Reception: Friday, December 13 @ 7pm, Gallery Talk @ 8pm

This culminating exhibition highlights some of the best work created by the 2019 Post-Grad Residents during their three-month residencies at the Art Center. Revisit work by Michaela Japec, Nava Levenson, Katana Lippart, and Kim Sandara.

Jurors: Nicole Dowd, program director at the Halcyon Art Labs and Leslie Holt, DC-based artist and co-founder of Red Dirt Studios

 

 

Image credit: Michaela Japec, Like, 2019. Acrylic.

Santa Claus sitting with a young boy

Holiday Festival 2019

The Art Center joins in the fun on Alexandria’s most festive holiday weekend of the year! Santa and Mrs. Claus arrive at 3:30 pm. Music and singing fill the halls all evening. After sundown, the Holiday Boat Parade of Lights passes by our riverfront doors. Visit artists are all three floors to find the perfect gift of art.

Factory Flow Morning Yoga

Find inner peace and creativity in this morning series focused on art, health, and imagination. Led by certified instructor Alejandra O’Connor, sessions are judgement-free for all skill levels.

Please arrive 15 minutes early. Bring a mat, towel, and water bottle.

Pay what you can / suggested donation: $10 at the door.

About the Instructor

Alejandra O’Connor began regularly practicing yoga in 2014 as a way to exercise while joining her Indonesian host family in Ramadan fasting. After Ramadan was over, she was hooked on how the movement and breath combined to allow space for stillness. She earned her 200 hour adult teaching certification from Latitude Yoga Co. in Stafford, VA in May 2017; and her Kidding Around Yoga certification in March 2018. Currently she primarily teaches children. As such, her adult classes are combination of play, dance, and quiet meditation.

Small Business Saturday

After Black Friday and before Cyber Monday, there’s Small Business Saturday. All artists in the Art Center are also small, independent business owners and they help shape the distinctive and creative personality of Old Town Alexandria.

Give creatively this year and give art. Torpedo Factory Art Center is the region’s best place to find unique gifts, from handmade jewelry and ceramics to paintings and custom ornaments. Shop small and buy local from nearly 200 artists on all three floors. Hours are extended until 8 pm.

 

Build Santa’s Chair
Help create a chair fit for Santa! He and Mrs. Claus will be at the Art Center for the Holiday Festival on Saturday, December 7, starting at 3:30 pm.

 

Free Gift-Wrapping Station with Safe Space NOVA
After purchasing holiday gifts from artists studios and galleries, visitors are encouraged to have their items gift-wrapped for free by volunteers from Safe Space NOVA, an organization dedicated to providing a safe, accepting, and supportive environment to combat social stigmas, bullying, and other challenges faced by LGBT+ youth. 12 – 4pm.

 

Live Music with Stan Hamrick
Enjoy holiday music selections in the Grand Hall from 4 – 7 pm to liven up your Art Center adventures.

Anniversary Ball

Dress to impress and celebrate like it’s 1919 or 1974, as the building turns 100 and the Art Center turns 45.

Mikaela Lefrak, WAMU arts and culture reporter, leads a lively evening of art, music, dancing, film, performance, and memories.

  • Early-bird through October 31: $60
  • Starting November 1: $75

Ticket sales have closed.

Highlights

Featuring

Preview the Band

Good Shot Judy // LOVE from Altamira Film Co. on Vimeo.

Thanks to generous support from

Dominion Energy Logo

 

 

 

 

Factory Society

Port City Brewing

Lost Boys Cider

William Christopher, The Federal Savings Bank

Virginia Kinneman, LUTCF, Kinneman Insurance

Friends of Torpedo Factory Art Center


Sponsorship Opportunities Available

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Image: Mardi Gras Ball, circa 1984.

45: An Anniversary Exhibition

Anniversary Ball: Saturday, November 16, 7 – 10pm, with gallery talk at 8pm | Get your tickets here!
Honorary Curator: Marian Van Landingham, artist and founder of Torpedo Factory Art Center

Target Gallery honors the legacy of the founding artists of the Torpedo Factory Art Center in this special 45th Anniversary exhibition. See work from many of the original artists, featuring both current and past work to capture their expansive artistic careers over the past 45 years.

Participating Artists* include:

Mirella Belshe, currently in studio #27
Ann DiPlacido
Susan Finsen, currently in studio #334
Joyce Inderbitzin
Cindy Lowther, currently in studio #301
Sue Lynch
Angelina Musto
Christine Parson, currently in studio #340
Niki Pickett, currently in studio #338
Gretchen Raber, currently in studio #201
Holly Rosenfeld
Susan Sanders, currently in studio #206
Connie Slack
Diane Tesler
Lea Topping 
Marian Van Landingham, currently in studio #321
Joyce Zipperer

* check back for updates

 

Image of Mirella Belshe at work in her studio, courtesy of Torpedo Factory Art Center.

Factory Flow Morning Yoga

Find inner peace and creativity in this morning series focused on art, health, and imagination. Led by certified instructor Alejandra O’Connor, sessions are judgement-free for all skill levels.

Please arrive 15 minutes early. Bring a mat, towel, and water bottle.

Pay what you can / suggested donation: $10 at the door.

Reserve Your Slot

 

About the Instructor

Alejandra O’Connor began regularly practicing yoga in 2014 as a way to exercise while joining her Indonesian host family in Ramadan fasting. After Ramadan was over, she was hooked on how the movement and breath combined to allow space for stillness. She earned her 200 hour adult teaching certification from Latitude Yoga Co. in Stafford, VA in May 2017; and her Kidding Around Yoga certification in March 2018. Currently she primarily teaches children. As such, her adult classes are combination of play, dance, and quiet meditation.

24th Annual Art Safari

An Alexandria tradition for almost a quarter-century, Art Safari returns for a day of hands-on activities for kids and families. Dozens of artists lead budding art enthusiasts in exciting and creative projects throughout the building.

Dress to get a little messy. Great for kids ages 5+. Younger children may need some extra help, but will still have a lot of fun!

Please RSVP

 

List of Activities

  • Grand Hall – Papier-Mâché Animal – Led by Lisa Schumaier
    Children use simple paper and paste to transform a wire frame into a wild animal. Arrive early to fill in the wireframe. Stay late to see the finished piece.
  • Grand Hall – Clay Experience – Led by Tracie Griffith Tso
    Children play and experiment with a piece of wet clay to mold and shape into any form they can imagine. Potters will demonstrate their technique for throwing clay on a pottery wheel.
  • Grand Hall – Button Making – Led by Alexandria Library
    Alexandria Library staff help design and create custom buttons.
  • Grand Hall – Doodle Party – Led by Abrakadoodle
    Doodle, scribble, sketch, and draw in this creative drawing project.
  • Grand Hall – Creative Reusables – Led by UpCycle Creative Reuse Center
    Rethink waste and use recycled materials to create new, wearable art.
  • Studio 7 – Group Painting Project – Led by Mina Oka Hanig
    Kids and parents alike paint a large 10’×10’ canvas spread on the studio floor.
  • Studio 21 – Gallery Scavenger Hunt – Led by The Art League Gallery
    Find special things within The Art League Gallery’s current exhibitions. Each completed hunt earns a prize.
  • Studio 25 – Sumi Black-Ink Painting – Led by Jamaliah Morais
    Learn about this East-Asian artform and experiment with the special black ink, brushes, and rice paper.
  • Studio 29 – Fiber Collage – Led by Potomac Fiber Arts Gallery
    Create a dynamic, textural collage using bits of fabric and fiber.
  • 2ndFloor Hall – Easel Stations – Led by Christine Cardellino
    With acrylic paint and paper, children paint anything they can imagine. As the works dry on the balconies, the catwalks burst with color and creativity.
  • All 3 floors and Studio 325 – Silk screen printing – Led by Patrick Sargentof Printmakers, Inc. 
    Visit four different inking stations spread across the building to create a full-color silk-screen image. The final station is in Studio 325.
  • Studio 326 – Macaroni Rigatoni Necklaces – Led by Sissy Cutchen
    Design, decorate, and string pasta together for an original piece of wearable art.
  • Studio 329 – Metallic Leaf Impressions – Led by Nancy Ramsey
    Capture the season’s beauty with leaf rubbings in beautiful metallic colors.
  • Third Floor – Scrap City – Led by AIA Northern Virginia
    Turn cereal boxes into houses and cardboard tubes into trees. Work with professional architects to imagine new buildings and add them to the grid of Old Town Alexandria.
  • Studio 327 – Drawing on the Past – Led by Alexandria Archaeology Museum
    Artifact illustration is still used by archaeologists to reveal details that otherwise might be missed by a photograph. Visitors will choose a real artifact to measure and illustrate on their lab sheet. Artistic representations of other artifacts will also be on display throughout the museum. There will also be a demo going on for part of the day that shows how dendritic mochaware designs were made on ceramics in the late 18th and early 19th century.

The Late Shift: Memento Mori

Second Fridays through October 

The Art Center’s signature evening series features eclectic art and activities. In among three floors of open artists’ studios, find gallery receptions, stimulating artist talks, pop-up performances, hands-on projects, lively music, and more.

In October, we celebrate the opening of Memento Mori in the Target Gallery. Latin for “remember you must die,” Memento Mori explores the concept of death and contemplates how this inevitability impacts us all. Gallery talk is at 8 pm.

Hands-on art projects and visual-striking art installations across the Grand Hall with Lalalu Mexican Art and Events by David Rosa. Body Painting Installation with Rebecca Rose . Interactive project “States of Being Traced” with Claire Brandt. Receptions for Seasonal Art Installations and Site 3. Tarot Readings by Capital Tarot Society. Opening Reception and performance in the Mason Arts Project Studio by Kate Fitzpatrick. Welcome the new Fall 2019 Post-Grad resident Katana Lippart.  In Studio 5, The Omi Collective provides rainbow swirls and hands-on projects. 

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Exhibitions & Receptions  

Target Gallery (Studio 2)

Memento Mori Opening Reception
Juror’s Talk:  8 pm
The newest exhibition in Target Gallery explores death and the way it shapes life. Memento Mori, Latin for “remember that you will die,” confronts this single most inevitable fact of all human existence. Juried by Laura Roulet, an independent curator and writer, specializing in contemporary and Latin American art.

Post-Grad Studio (Studio 319)

Welcome Katana Lippart
Katana Lippart is a collage artist and printmaker working in the DMV. She graduated from George Mason University with her bachelor’s in fine arts in 2018. Katana hopes to be able to share printmaking, book arts, and collage with the surrounding community over the course of this program. These mediums have given her the necessary platform to reflect on both personal and collective narratives relating to home. 

Mason Arts Project Studio (Studio 8)

Welcome Kate Fitzpatrick
Performance: 8:45 pm | Talk: 9 pm 
Kate performs Wyrd Lot, based on the Norns in Norse mythology. WyrdVerdandi, and Skuld,  are sisters of fate and caretakers of the tree of life. The three bring order into the human world by weaving the thread of fate for everyone. This performance is a play on the concepts of fate and meaning. Combining language and symbols with the idea of wyrd, points to how language determines identity and forms understanding of the world. 

Site 3

Potomac Photography
Photographer Jo Ann Tooley curates an exhibition of photographs that capture the Potomac River as it curls through our region.


Gallery 311

Back & Forth
Paper art and photography by artists Rosa Leff and Sally Canzoneri.

Grand Hall & 3rd Floor

2019 Fall Art Installations Jean Jinho Kim and Katelyn Wood
Artists Jean Jinho Kim and Katelyn Wood are on view the 2019 Fall Art Installations. Curated by Jenny Wu, a D.C. based artist and curator and former 2015 Torpedo Factory Art Center Post-Graduate Resident. Both artists and the curator will be on hand to answer questions about the work and share about upcoming projects.   

 


Hands-On Activities

The Omi Collective (Studio 5)

Rainbow Swirls
The Omi Collective will create a night of rainbow swirls of sight, smell, and sound. Swirl through curated color, sound, and aroma–luring you through the mystical heart journey down the rainbow path-a dreamscape filled with Naomi Christianson’s Dragons, Unicorns, and Mermaids, Michael Fischerkeller‘s cosmic truths, and Fierce Sonia‘s fractal queens. The studio will also host Essential Botany’s self love potion station and Sanam Emami’s tarot and oracle readings.

Grand Hall Guest Artists

LaLaLu Mexican Art and Events by David Rosa

Inspired by the theme “Memento Mori,” the DC-based arts and event teams of Lalalu Mexican Art and Events by David Rosa have teamed up with the Art Center to provide a series of art installations, activities, and a community discussion around Dia de los Muertos/Day of the Dead. This annual event celebrated in Latinx communities to honor the memories of loved ones that have passed on.

  • Ofrenda – Installation and Altar-Making Workshop
    An 8 foot altar styled as a traditional ofrenda (offering) will be on display at the base of the spiral staircase in the North Hall. Organizers will lead families in a hands-on project where children and adults are shown how to build their own altars, which they can take home in the tradition of ofrendas offered by families during Dia De Los Muertos.
  • Trajinera Parade Float – Art Installation
    As featured in this year’s DC Funk Parade, the Trajinera Parade Float will be on display for one night only in the Grand Hall. This larger-than-life art piece is a celebration of both the ephemeral nature of life and the importance of treasuring and uplifting the memories of those we love. 
  • Face Painting
    Have your face painted by professional artists. Take a selfie and post using the hashtags #artsALX and #torpedofactory. 
  • Community Coffin Painting Project
    Every year, local DMV artists were invited paint a handcrafted wooden coffin. For this evening, one of these handmade objects will be set up in the Grand Hall for visitors to help paint and leave their mark. The finished work will be showcased at Lalalu Mexican Art’s and Events by David Rosa’s November Festival in DC. 
  • Community Discussion – Riverview Room (Studio 208)
    7:30 pm and 9:30 pm
    Learn a brief history of Dia de los Muertos, as well as the traditions and customs of this holiday as a means to unpack grief, develop safe spaces, and build as a community. Understand a culture that adds to the beautiful tapestry of the Alexandria and DC area, and find out how you can get involved. 

Claire Brandt

States of Being Traced
Model strikes a pose for a minute or two while Claire makes a whole body trace. The portraits layer on top of each other, creating an accumulation of figures and a whole, abstract drawing that captures fleeting form and movement.   

Rebecca Rose and Marcia Furman

Body Painting & Selfie Station
Inspired by La Calavera Catrina of Dia De Los Muertos and the theme of Memento Mori, watch as Rebecca and Marcia transform two models into living calaveras before your very eyes. Pose between the living sculptures for a selfie that you can share with friends! Remember to use the hashtags #artsALX and #torpedofactory. 

The Capital Tarot Society

Tarot Card Readings
Visit the Grand Hall to find tables for a free reading provided by the Capital Tarot Society. 

About the Artists

KATE FITZPATRICK

Kate Fitzpatrick is a painter, MFA candidate, and Graduate Lecturer at George Mason University. Her work challenges the viewer to think about the nature of language, symbols, and meaning. Instead of replicating known letters or rearranging words to make new meaning, she uses marks to simultaneously deny transfer of information and invite the viewer to create new meaning. The viewer observes the “postscript” and becomes the foreigner, experiencing a new language for the first time. The unintelligible calligraphy functions as writing and it is our inability to unlock the information contained in those marks which invites a dialogue about the nature of language and meaning. We can enjoy the formal qualities of the letters and how they’re put together, but cannot fathom their intent. Because of this, we can appreciate the text as a container but are left with letters that don’t function as they should. Fitzpatrick’s postscript invites a dialogue about the relationship between symbols and meaning that viewers can use to create a new reality.  

The Capital Tarot Society (CTS) is a diverse group of Tarot enthusiasts in the Washington DC area whose members include everyone from hobby practitioners to experienced professionals, and individuals from all industries and parts of the world. CTS hosts monthly meetings and additional events where those interested in tarot can come to learn and share, and also provides free tarot readings at community events in order to educate the public about this beneficial and often misunderstood practice.  If you have any questions about CTS or are interested in membership, reach out to capitaltarot@gmail.com.  

The Omi Collective provides artist-inspired fashion and design products to consumers seeking unique, authentic, and artful items to inspire, and add to, their personal style. They maintain mindful and conscious support for the artists who create them. Stop by Studio 5 for hands-on projects with the artists and see their brand-new mural design on the studio floor. 

Claire Brandt’s work has been shown in Seattle, Los Angeles, the Bay Area, and Washington D.C.. Brandt has been awarded residencies at the Horse and Art Research Program, Jentel Arts Foundation and the Vermont Studio Center.  She received her A.B. in English and American Literature from Harvard and an MFA in painting from the San Francisco Art Institute. She was raised in Bellingham & Tacoma, Washington. 

Rebecca Rose is a Washington, DC based artist whose focus is on painting both the human body and the traditional canvas. To Rose, body painting is about self love, self acceptance and being comfortable in the skin you are in. It’s a celebration of life. 

Marcia Furman is a Washington, D.C. based artist who has 15 years of experience in making art her job. Marcia graduated with a degree in Graphic Design, but her passion and claim to fame has been her surrealist fine art, predominantly done in acrylic. She has recently branched out into watercolor and other media, often focusing on more realistic themes, proving herself to be well-rounded and skilled in a variety of styles and techniques. 

 

Factory Flow Morning Yoga

Find inner peace and creativity in this morning series focused on art, health, and imagination. Led by certified instructor Alejandra O’Connor, sessions are judgement-free for all skill levels.

Please arrive 15 minutes early. Bring a mat, towel, and water bottle.

Pay what you can / suggested donation: $10 at the door.

Pre-registration Required

 

About the Instructor

Alejandra O’Connor began regularly practicing yoga in 2014 as a way to exercise while joining her Indonesian host family in Ramadan fasting. After Ramadan was over, she was hooked on how the movement and breath combined to allow space for stillness. She earned her 200 hour adult teaching certification from Latitude Yoga Co. in Stafford, VA in May 2017; and her Kidding Around Yoga certification in March 2018. Currently she primarily teaches children. As such, her adult classes are combination of play, dance, and quiet meditation.